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Ducks hope to rebound in home tilt vs. Blue Jackets

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to rebound after being shut out for the first time this season as the NHL leaders host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Monday's matchup at the Honda Center.

The Ducks were blanked 2-0 by visiting Dallas on Saturday, as Stars backup goaltender Dan Ellis turned aside all 26 shots for his first shutout of the season. It also marked the first time Anaheim was held without a goal since a 4-0 loss in San Jose on March 27 of last season.

Although Anaheim holds a nine-point lead atop the Pacific Division and is five points ahead of Chicago for the Western Conference and NHL lead, the club has gone through a rough patch of late. Saturday's setback was the second loss in three games and dropped the Ducks to 4-4-0 over their past eight outings.

Jonas Hiller gave up just one goal on 26 shots in Saturday's loss for the Ducks, who were coming off a 5-3 win over Philadelphia on Thursday.

"I don't think we played really good the first two periods," Hiller said. "It just didn't seem to work out. We had some chances in the third, but Ellis played pretty well. We weren't able to find the back of the net."

The Ducks were playing without forward Nick Bonino, who is dealing with an upper-body injury suffered in the win over Philadelphia and is questionable for tonight. Anaheim defenseman Mark Fistric also left Saturday's tilt with a lower-body injury and he is questionable for Monday's test as well.

Anaheim fell to 22-3-2 on home ice this season after the loss to the Stars and is playing the fourth part of a five-game homestand tonight. The Ducks will host Chicago on Wednesday before completing its pre-Olympic slate Saturday in Nashville.

The Blue Jackets, who play the first three tests on a four-game road trip before the league goes on hiatus for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, are 12-12-2 as the visiting team this season. After beginning the swing this evening in Orange County, Columbus will visit Los Angeles and San Jose before finally completing the trip on Feb. 27 at New Jersey.

Columbus has won two straight on the heels of a three-game slide and the club boasts an 11-4-0 record over its past 15 games. The Blue Jackets halted their 0-3-0 stretch with Thursday's 5-2 win over visiting Washington and picked up another home win in Saturday's 4-1 decision against the Florida Panthers.

Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner both tallied a goal and an assist to help lead the Blue Jackets past the Panthers on Saturday. Johansen, who had two goals in Thursday's win over the Capitals, has recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist) over the past two games and he is leading Columbus in both goals (22) and points (42) this season.

Mark Letestu and Nick Foligno both lit the lamp and Nathan Horton registered two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 36 shots for the Blue Jackets.

"They made it tough on us. We needed Bob to make a save and he made a save for us. We played a great game, that's what we need to do moving forward. Guys stepped up," said Johansen.

Although it is tied with Philadelphia at 60 points, Columbus currently owns third place in the Metropolitan Division thanks to holding the tiebreaker over the Flyers due to having played one less game. The top-three teams from each division earn an automatic bid to the postseason.

The Ducks recorded a 4-3 regulation win at Columbus on Oct. 27, giving Anaheim three wins in the past five meetings in this series. The Blue Jackets have won in two of their last three trips to Anaheim.

02/03 11:35:34 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
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Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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